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What's in your birth bag?

Sure, you want to be as prepared as possible for giving birth. But what does that really mean in terms of packing? Well, we have a few bright ideas.
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When prepping for the hospital, some people tend to pack like they're moving to another country. Other people might only bring along their husbands. Either of those extremes is probably not the best idea, so, with that in mind, here are a couple of checklists you might enjoy. Take a look — there might be something we've thought of that could be useful for your big trip.

So — what do you want in your Birth Bag?

The basics: you've probably already thought of these, but...

  • Admission forms/papers
  • Baby name book
  • Camera and/or video camera
  • Film and tapes
  • Cash
  • Phone/phone card
  • Charger for your phone (don't forget this one)
  • Gift for a sibling
  • Health insurance card
  • Pregnancy/birth reference book
  • Birth plan (if you have one)

Additional items to consider for labor:

  • Birth ball
  • Facecloth from home (maybe with a distinct color or pattern, so it doesn't wind up in the hospital laundry)
  • Hot water bottle
  • Lollipops and hard candy (for dry mouth)
  • Lotion and/or powder (for massage)
  • Massage/aromatherapy oils
  • Tennis balls (for back massage)
  • Watch or stopwatch (with a second hand for timing contractions)

Additional items to consider for the comforts of home:

  • Books/magazines
  • Small cooler with drinks and snacks
  • CD/audio player
  • CDs
  • Extra pillow (maybe with a colored pillowcase, so it doesn't get into hospital laundry)

Additional items to consider for your partner:

  • Change of clothes
  • Snacks
  • Reading material

Additional items to consider for after the baby arrives:

  • Address book
  • Baby book
  • Thank you cards/notes
  • Large bag to bring home gifts and hospital supplies
  • Phone number list

Additional items to consider for clothing:

  • Bathrobe
  • Loose, comfortable outfits
  • Nightgown
  • Nursing bras
  • Nursing pads
  • Slippers
  • Thick socks
  • Underwear

Additional items to consider for personal care:

  • Barrettes/hairbands (ponytail holder)
  • Body soap
  • Brush/comb
  • Contact lens case/lens supplies
  • Dental floss
  • Deodorant
  • Earplugs
  • Eyeshade
  • Facial soap
  • Glasses
  • Lip balm/ChapStick
  • Lotion
  • Makeup/cosmetics
  • Maxi-pads
  • Mouthwash/breath mints
  • Prescription medications you're taking
  • Shampoo/conditioner
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste

Additional items to consider for the baby:

  • Approved car seat
  • Diapers for the trip home
  • Going-home outfit
  • Hat/cap
  • Receiving blankets

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  • Rated 0 out of 5 by 107reviewers.
    Rated 0 out of 5 by Don't forget tp pack your razor. I wished I'd had it to at least attempt to shave my legs. June 7, 2011
    Rated 0 out of 5 by don't go and pack everything on this list. stop and really think about what you need. I was OVER PACKED! You just need one outfit for your baby and a blanket (to go home) and have your comfy clothes with your hubbys clothes. i really only used my shower stuff, and one outfit when I left. PACK extra underware because the discharge can be very heavy. June 4, 2011
    Rated 0 out of 5 by there are alot of useless things in this list and you end up stressing yourslef out more than being relaxed!!! take it from someone who has been there a few times!!! this is whats in my bag;- shampoo and conditioner -lip balm - maternity bra ( if you are breastfeeding)-bodywash and loofa - toothbrush and tooth paste- face wash - hairbrush- shaving foam and razor- floss - lotion - unscented de-oderant - nursing pads- super asborbancy pads - 2 pairs of lose fitting pants - 2 lose fitting shirts - 4 lose pairs of panties - 1 pair of p.jays- camera - blanket for breastfeeding (optional)- Johnsons essentials pack (nursing pads, diaper cream, shampoo, body wash, powder, lotion) - baby wipes- 2 baby blankets, 2 recieving blankets, 4 sleepers, diapersThere is no reason to move in to the hospitals because you are only there for a few days! follow my list and you cant go wrong.The hospital does carry alot of necessities, so you might not even need a few of these items. March 31, 2011
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